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Susa Withstood Alexander's Invasion

 

09 April 2006

 

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- Excavations at Susa (Shush) indicate that Alexander, the Macedonian warlord could not seize the Apadana Throne when he invaded Iran.


Head of the excavation team, Mir Abedin Kaboli, told ISNA that the western historians’ version about the seizure of Susa by Alexander should be corrected, because archaeological evidence indicates that Iranians did not surrender Susa to Alexander.


“The good condition of Apadana Palace, which was unearthed during recent excavations in Susa, indicated that Alexander could not get hold of the throne. The glory of the throne has prevailed and even tile decorations are untouched,“ he said.


He said part of the city’s gate was destroyed during Alexander’s invasion.


Kaboli noted that 160 artillery stone shells and 400 arrows were discovered from the area.


“The number of shells and arrows launched by Macedonian army indicates the brave manner in which the people withstood the invasion. And the safety of Apadana proves that Alexander could not seize Susa and only destroyed the city’s gate,“ he said.


Kaboli said that during 11 phases of excavations at the western front of Apadana Palace since 1982, archaeologists have uncovered 380 meters of the western front where the gate, stairways and several towers have been unearthed.

 

 

 

 

 

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